Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

(1817 - 1862)

At the age of twenty-seven in 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a cabin on the shores of Walden Pond on a plot of land owned by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau was imprisoned the following year for not paying his poll taxes, an experience that helped to inspire his essay “Civil Disobedience,” in which he remarked, “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” He had spent one night in jail.

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Voices In Time

1862 | Concord

The Art of Walking

Henry David Thoreau contemplates the spirit of sauntering.More

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1852

I hate the present modes of living and getting a living. Farming and shopkeeping and working at a trade or profession are all odious to me. I should relish getting my living in a simple, primitive fashion.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1855

Voices In Time

1849 | Concord, MA

Declining the Honor

Henry David Thoreau quietly declares war with the state.More

Who hears the fishes when they cry?

—Henry David Thoreau, 1849

Voices In Time

1849 | Cape Cod

Natural Law

Henry David Thoreau meditates upon a shipwreck. More

All men recognize the right of revolution, that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1849

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